Dragons! Rebellion! SO Predictable! // ARC REVIEW: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1 on 3 of the Iskari Trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: Hachette India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer. 
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.
I have been OBSESSED with dragons for as long as I can remember, or, more specifically, from the first time I saw Saphira in Eragon, the movie and then HAD to read the rest of the books despite the fact that I was only eleven, and barely understood anything from them.

At the beginning of this year, I had two young adult books featuring dragons on my radar, and I knew I NEEDED to read BOTH of them. The first was Before She Ignites by the LOVELY Jodi Meadows which I FELL IN LOVE WITH and I honestly cannot wait for more in her trilogy.

The second was this book, The Last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli’s debut novel which sounded SO GOOD that I was SO EXCITED to read it, and then I did.

Image result for dragonsOne of my biggest problems with this book was HOW MUCH I STRUGGLED TO CONNECT WITH ANY OF THE CHARACTERS IN THIS 400 PAGE BOOK. And I mean ANY.

Let’s break this down:

1.       I absolutely love that this book had dragons. DRAGONS, I TELL YOU. Like I said above, I love dragons so much and I love how the book portrayed them.

2.       I love that STORIES themselves had so much power in this book. I live on stories, just like most of my closest friends, and a story that talked about the power of stories and was actually filled to the brim with its own stories and fables from the world and it was really good.

3.       This is where most of the things I liked about The Last Namsara ends. The rest of the book was dry, PREDICTABLE and I honestly didn’t enjoy much of it. The forbidden romance, BORING. The evil ruler, MEH, and so on.

4.       I also struggled to connect with the characters. I just didn’t feel anything for them emotionally, which made it so hard to care about their world, their struggles or their relationships. They all felt like monotonous characters, with only a one track mind.

Image result for dragons5.       More than anything, THE PLOT OF THIS BOOK DIDN’T MAKE SENSE. Or maybe, by that time, I had stopped caring enough but there were just SO MANY imprisonments and kidnappings and claims of a new world coming, with JUST THE SAME IDEALS? HOW IS IT A NEW WORLD IF THE SAME DISCRIMINATION AND RULES TAKE PLACE? WHAT? I honestly don’t know what was happening, especially with the whole Regicide rule.

If you want a rebellion, and a NEW King on the throne, you need to kill the OLD king, RIGHT?

So if someone on the opposing side DOES KILL THE OTHER SIDE’S KING WHY IS HE/ SHE IMPRISONED AND THEN SENTENCED TO DIE? WHAT EVEN? ISN’T THAT A WIN? ISN’T THAT THE POINT OF THE REBELLION?

6.         I also felt like this book had a LOT of filler and the important scenes, where Asha, our main character actually realised things that changed her perspective on everything happened so quickly, that even I couldn’t process them.


All in all, I WISH THIS BOOK HAD BEEN MORE. It was predictable and dry, BUT it had dragons and some excellent world building and so I’m on the fence about this series. 3 stars.  

Kristen Ciccarelli
Kristen Ciccarelli hails from Ontario's Niagara Peninsula where she grew up on her grandfather's grape farm. She's made her living as a baker, a bookseller, and a potter, but now writes books about bloodthirsty dragons, girls wielding really cool weapons, and the transformative power of stories.

You can learn more at www.kristenciccarelli.com or by following @kristenciccarelli on Instagram.

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Diverse and FILLED with Female Power // REVIEW: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: August 31st 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1 on 4 of the DC Icons Series
I Got A Copy Through: The Booklings Crate (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning...
Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.
Alia is a Warbringer - a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.
To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.

I had a Leigh Bardugo book on my TBR pile for over a month and didn’t dive in immediately – I AM HONESTLY SO ASHAMED AT MYSELF RIGHT NOW.

As soon as I heard that Leigh Bardugo was going to be writing Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I knew that I would be reading this book. Wonder Woman has only been my FAVOURITE superhero since ever and the movie that released earlier this year BLEW MY MIND.

I had HUGE expectations about Wonder Woman: Warbringer because a) Wonder Woman is the BEST and b) Leigh Bardugo is EVEN better and, well, up until the ending that I’m STILL NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT, this book met all of them.

MY THOUGHTS:
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1.       The book opens with Diana on Themyscria, with Hippolyta and all the other fangirl worthy Amazons racing each other for glory and sitting there I honestly fangirled because I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR STORY and their sisterhood.

2.       I loved Diana’s spirit in this book. She’s always been earnest, determined to save everyone and also to prove herself and Leigh Bardugo brought life to the character more than I’ve ever seen done before on any medium.

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3.       I absolutely LOVED that this book was set in modern New York City (which is only my FAVOURITE city in all the world) and I loved Leigh Bardugo’s cast of characters apart from Diana, ESPECIALLY Alia and Nim who were badass and fearless characters all on their own.

4.       This book had SO MANY ACTION SCENES, including one where Diana figures out just how strong she it and THEY ARE ALL SO BRILLIANT. I could imagine them happening right in front of me.

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5.       This book is also STUNNINGLY Diverse. Alia, the Warbringer, her brother, and her long time crush are black and Nim, the best friend is a kickass brown Indian who I NEED TO BE FRIENDS WITH. It’s all loyalty and sass and fight scenes and I loved it.

6.       Another thing that was really cool was Bardugo’s ability to integrate the Greek Gods into the modern world, even bringing in some smaller (and bigger gods) and it just made this book feel SO REAL?

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7.       MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK IS THE ONE HUGE TWIST BEFORE THE ENDING. I was SHOCKED, to say the least and I don’t know if I fully UNDERSTOOD what was happening, or that particular character’s endgoal from the War or ANYTHING ABOUT IT, REALLY? It felt like an unnecessary development and I DID NOT CARE FOR IT.


Was this book better than Six of Crows? (aka the BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME?) Probably not, but it did have it’s own charm and I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE WHERE THE DC ICONS SERIES GOES NEXT. 4 stars. 

Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017). 

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. 

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram
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Intense, Action Packed & BRILLIANT // ARC Review: The Speaker by Traci Chee

Title: The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2)
Author: Traci Chee
Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: G.P Puntnam's Books for Young Readers
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2 on 3 of the Sea of Ink and Gold Trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: PRH International (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.
With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.
When I flipped to the last page of The Reader, book one in the Sea of Ink and Gold Trilogy and the prequel to The Speaker, I realised how I spent MOST OF MY TIME WAITING FOR ANSWERS that I only got at the end of the book.


Which sort of put a dampener on the whole experience of reading that BEAUTIFUL looking book, but I knew that if I had the opportunity, I would definitely pick up the sequel.

I started read The Speaker only a few days ago, and long story short: THIS BOOK WAS BRILLIANT. Filled with adrenaline, twists, action, magic, betrayals and some STUNNING WRITING, I’d like to award The Speaker the BEST SEQUEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

I had SO MANY thoughts while reading this book, so let me break it down for you:
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1.       Between books one and two, the emotion and depth in Traci Chee’s writing EXPLODED. From the very first chapter The Speaker was INTENSE and filled with intricate and deep writing that really took you into the moment, into the heads of each of her characters AND I LOVED IT.

2.       I realized how much I LOVE reading about this world when I actually knew a few major things about it and wasn’t left in the dark like in The Reader. I loved the magic and the intrigue, which made SO MUCH more sense after a lot was revealed in the end of book one, and then pieced together better in the beginning of this book.
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3.       I really REALLY loved that Archer, Sefia, Reed and even the Assassin I didn’t like from last time had a point of view. I especially loved Archer’s point of view. It was intense and I loved how deep we got to go into his mind as he became a soldier that everyone else cowered from. I loved his with his Bloodletters, and the camaraderie they had that turned into something deadly.

4.       I cannot reiterate how much better this series turned out to be when I ACTUALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON. It made the world, the character’s motives, the magic and the plot just make sense to me and with it, I loved it so much more and I’m genuinely waiting for the next book.
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Even if you read The Reader and thought it was a little out there, The Speaker is LEAGUES ahead of its predecessor and I LOVED IT.


An adrenaline filled, intense, action packed book that you should definitely dive your claws into. 4 stars.

Traci CheeTraci Chee is an author of speculative fiction for teens. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog.

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Didn't Live Up to It's OWN Potential // ARC Review: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Title: Undercover Princess
Author: Conniey Glynn
Publication Date: October 26th 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1 of the Rosewood Chronicles
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who longs to be a princess, attending Rosewood Hall on a scholarship.
Ellie Wolf is a princess who longs to be ordinary, attending Rosewood Hall to avoid her royal duties in the kingdom of Maradova.
When fate puts the two fourteen-year-olds in the same dorm, it seems like a natural solution to swap identities: after all, everyone mistakenly believes Lottie to be the princess anyway.
But someone's on to their secret, and at Rosewood nothing is ever as it seems...
Actual Rating 2.5 Stars.

Summarizing this book in one line, THIS BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER.

When I was twelve, I discovered the Princess Diaries books for the first time and all I did since them was binge all ten of them and then READ THEM ALL OVER AGAIN. They were one of the first books that cemented my eternal love for young adult literature and the minute I read the description of Undercover Princess, I EXPECTED SOMETHING EXACTLY LIKE THE PRINCESS DIARIES, and I honestly did not get it.

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       For starters, this book was so immature - SO SO IMMATURE. I felt nothing for any of the characters, the spoiled princess, the girl who WANTED to be a princess so bad, their friends or the mystery – NOTHING.

2.       I think I didn’t care because DESPITE the fact that this book had a BRILLIANT PLOT and a storyline that COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT, the writing fell flat and everything was awkward and immature. Basically, this book DID NOT LIVE UP TO ITS OWN POTENTIAL, AND THAT’S THE WORST KIND OF SAD.

3.       There was so much that I could have fangirled over – an elite British prep school, an ACTUALL castle with a real PRINCESS, a bodyguard with a soft side, balls and everything else but this book DIDN’T USE ALL OF IT. Instead, this book was filled with vaguely threatening notes and a whiny “rebel” princess.



4.       ALSO, HOW IS A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD ALLOWED TO SIGN AWAY HER LIFE TO A ROYAL FAMILY WITH NO LEGAL REPRESENTATION/ ADULTS ON HER SIDE LIKE HER LEGAL GUARDIANS? It made absolutely no sense that a minor was allowed to sign a binding legal contract for LIFE.

5.       LET’S ALSO PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS COVER IS, BECAUSE IT IS. It’s a gorgeous water-coloured in princess head and I LOVE IT. Plus, my ARC cover has a secret embossing if you tilt it in the right way and it’s kind of beautiful.

6.       The Princess’s name is: Eleanor Wolfson. Her Undercover Name: Ellie Wolf. Name of person everyone assumes is the princess: Lottie Pumpkin. WHAT EVEN. WHAT USE IS BEING UNDERCOVER IF YOUR NAME IS GOING TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME AS YOUR REAL NAME? HOW DID PEOPLE EVEN ASSUME THAT SHE WASN’T THE PRINCESS? It’s like Supergirl taking her glasses off makes her a completely unrecognizable. Spoiler: IT DOESN’T.

7.       Honestly, I’m undecided about whether I’m going to be reading the second book. The Princess Diaries definitely improved along the way, and maybe The Rosewood Chronicles will too? I guess I’ll have to decide when the time comes.


A book that didn’t live up to its own potential. 2.5 Stars.

Connie Glynn
Connie Glynn is an English author and YouTuber. Her debut novel Undercover Princess,the first in The Rosewood Chronicles, was published in 2017. 

Glynn is also known for her YouTube videos on the channel Noodlerella. She provided the voice for the character Moxie Dewdrop in the UK cinema version of Dreamworks' Trolls.

What are some of your favourite books that include princesses?
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An Intricate Futuristic Novel // ARC Review: Your One And Only by Adrianne Finlay

Title: Your One And Only
Author: Adrianne Finlay
Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: HMH Teen (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
 
You know that book you have on your TBR – the one with a BEAUTIFUL cover and all the write plot points you love that you just can’t WAIT to read but for some reason or the other, don’t get to it for the longest time? Well, that is what Your One And Only was for me.

I knew I wanted NEEDED to read this book ever since it started popping around on HMH Teen’s social media and when an AMAZING HMH publicist offered to send me an actual physical advance copy of Your One And Only, I JUMPED IN JOY!

IN SHORT: Despite the fact that this book is slow paced, the intricate plot and writing make up for it in ways that I can barely explain. Your Only And Only redefines what it means to be human in a futuristic world where humans are almost extinct and I loved every second of this riveting tale.

Let’s break this down:

WRITING:

Your One And Only is Adrianne Finlay’s debut novel and the writing is SPECTACULAR. While the book is a bit slow paced in terms of the plot, Adrianne’s writing is what made this book come to life. The book alternates between Jack’s, one of the last human boys in existence, and Althea – 310’s, a three hundredth generation genetically engineered clone and it really manages to highlight what it means to be human and about compassion and humanity.

PLOT AND IDEA:


Honestly, I went into this book expecting something completely different – maybe something fast paced and more like the last futuristic book I read (which was This Mortal Coil) in case you’re wondering.

It did take me about fifty or so pages to get properly into Your One And Only, and also to fully understand the world the book was set in and get all of the different varieties of clones straight, but once I did, I fell in love with the book and what it was about.

The reason this isn’t a five star book for me is PURELY because I wasn’t sure how I felt about that ending and a certain thing blowing up. Like WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE? It felt very open ended and WRONG at the same time to doom a species and I just wish it was handled better.

CHARACTERS:

I didn’t connect with any of the characters. As I think about it now, I liked Althea – 310 and Jack and Samuel – 299 and Nyla – 313 but I FEEL NO INTENSE FEELINGS ABOUT THEM. Maybe it was because I will never go through the things that they do in the book.

I did LOVE the plot and how characters were named, though. Names like Carson 313 and Althea 310 really succeeded in giving this book a futuristic vibe.

CONCLUSION:


I wish the ending was done a whole lot better AND that the pace was a little faster, but at the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Your One And Only. It was a one of a kind, intricate futuristic novel that I HIGHLY recommend! 4 stars. 
Adrianne FinlayOriginally from Ithaca, New York, Adrianne Finlay now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University, and is an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. 
She is also an avid soap maker, and sells handmade soap locally to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.
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What are some of your favourite futuristic novels?
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I WISH It Was More // REVIEW: Awaken by Ashok K Banker

Title: Awaken (The Shakti Trilogy #1)
Author: Ashok Banker
Publication Date: September 7th 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1 on 3 of the Shakti Trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: Pan Macmillan India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: "The Haters are coming to destroy all life on Earth. It is not a question of if, but when.
The Brahmaand has already rung the warning bell and the awakening of the Preservers has begun. Kiara unexpectedly finds her skin covered with golden fur and her sense of smell extraordinarily enhanced; Saumya is suddenly able to go from Ahmedabad to New York in just a step; and Sia’s songs have the power to do things she had never imagined possible.
First in the thrilling Shakti Trilogy set in contemporary India, Ashok Banker’s action-packed and brilliantly imagined Awaken introduces our unlikely heroes who must discover and harness their superpowers before they can protect and preserve the Earth from the wrath of a menacing alien invasion."
I’ve had this book on my TBR for a few months now. I tried reading the book a while ago, but for some reason I just couldn’t go through with it until today. I’d like to thank Pan Macmillan India for sending me a copy of this book, although my opinions are unbiased and entirely my own.
Awaken was, if I had to describe this book in a word, STRANGE.

More importantly, it felt like this was the first or second draft while writing a novel and then all the fine tuning that comes after DIDN’T EXIST. This book was filled with broken English, phrases like ‘OMG OMG OMG’ and ‘super wow’, a few racist comments and THE WORST VILLAIN ALIEN RACE NAME OF ALL TIME.

Who names their supervillain race The Haters? *cue intense cringing*

LIKE SERIOUSLY. There were so many strange terms being given to everybody in this book including but not limited to The Haters, Preservers, Friends, Guruji’s Goons (??) and the Kindred. As a HUGE fan of superheroes and villains, I WAS SO SHOCKED THAT EVERY GROUP OF PEOPLE NAMED IN THIS BOOK HAD A CRINGE WORTHY NAME.

Awaken is the first book in a trilogy and it’s also the first book that I’ve read by Ashok Banker. It’s told from the point of view of three girls – Kiara, Saumya and Sia, and the strange powers they’re coming into and aren’t sure what to do about.


I won’t deny that Ashok Banker deals with a lot of important issues that Indian Woman/ brown girls face including being objectified, racism, the fight for freedom and even being trans, but IT WAS ALL DONE A) SO QUICKLY AND B) It just felt unfinished.

Like the rest of the book. As if there weren’t proper rounds of editing to make this book what it COULD HAVE BEEN.

Honestly, I don’t think I would’ve read this book if it wasn’t a review copy. It just didn’t resonate with me despite the fact that I WANTED THIS BROWN GIRLS WITH SUPER POWERS TO BE A FAVOURITE. It was a half done piece of work and I WISH it was more.


I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel. 2 stars. 
Ashok Banker (3rd from L).jpgAshok Kumar Banker (born 7 February 1964 in Mumbai, India) is an author and screenwriter. His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, literary criticism, fiction and mythological retellings. The author of several well-received novels including a trilogy billed as "India's first crime novels in English", he became widely known for his retellings of Indian mythological epics, starting with the internationally acclaimed and best-selling eight-volume Ramayana Series, which has been credited with the resurgence of mythology in Indian publishing. The New York Times credited him with making mythology the most successful category in Indian publishing, describing his work as being "better written than many books in the genre that have followed – introduced the Ramayana to a new generation of readers. His books have sold over 2 million copies and have been published in 16 languages in 58 countries.
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I'd love to hear your recommendations, and see if I've missed out on any!